SEATTLE, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line's first Signature-class ship, ms Eurodam, will feature an exclusive collection of Signature Shops in a substantially expanded shopping promenade -- along with many other enhancements -- when the 2,104-passenger luxury liner debuts in June 2008.
The Signature Shops concept highlights four major additions: high-end Merabella, offering one-of-a-kind designer jewelry collections; Fine Jewelry, specializing in diamonds and exotic gemstones; Fine Watches, featuring the best brands from around the world; and Destination & Apparel, tailoring its selection to the climate that guests are cruising, plus classic nautical wear.
"Holland America Line successfully introduced Merabella, the high-end jewelry store, on the ms Amsterdam and added it to the Vista-class ms Westerdam in May," said Richard D. Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "The positive response from guests convinced us to include Merabella on our new Eurodam as well as introduce it to other ships in our fleet.
"Guest feedback also led Holland America Line to add approximately 1,000 square feet of boutique space and add other luxury Signature Shops on these ships," continued Meadows. "We're responding to a new trend in cruise guests' shopping preferences -- they definitely want expanded selection and upscale choices while cruising."
Holland America Line guests will find unique jewelry collections from LeVian, Omar Torres, Chimento, Mazza, XXOO and many more designers at Merabella. Or they can choose from an amazing selection of diamonds and rare gemstones from around the world in the Fine Jewelry Signature Shop. It includes Diamond Journey, Diamond Fashion and Blue Diamond collections.
Fine Watches educates guests on the craftsmanship and heritage of elegant timepieces from Fendi, Tissot, Baume & Mercier, Longines, Movado, Rado, Tag Heuer and other top designer brands.
The Destination & Apparel Signature Shop showcases destination-themed clothing as well as the Holland Signature Nautical Collection of crisp whites, warm blues and sophisticated nautical stripes that lend themselves to cruising in any destination. It also offers apparel that is cruise- and/or destination-inspired.
With one more deck than Holland America Line's 10-deck Vista-class ships, the Signature-class Eurodam will feature three alternative dining venues, including a new pan-Asian restaurant on deck 10 with panoramic views. The Explorations Cafe -- powered by The New York Times -- will be located on deck 11 on the starboard side of the Crow's Nest. Other additions are an Explorer's Lounge Bar, a new specialty restaurant adjacent to the Lido offering the finest in Italian food, new atrium bar area, enhanced and reconfigured show lounge with theater-style seating, and a new photographic and imaging center.
Eurodam is scheduled to debut in June 2008 with European inaugural events and then cruise the Baltic region through the summer. The ship will then offer its first trans-Atlantic cruise and sail Canada/New England in the fall, followed by Caribbean itineraries the remainder of 2008.
Holland America Line's fleet of 13 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 314 ports of call in 97 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, including Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.
In the 2006 Portrait of Affluent Travelers survey by Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown and Russell, Holland America Line topped the list of cruise lines sought after by affluent leisure travelers. Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, totaling more than $225 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine -- a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes -- Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds. For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit http://www.hollandamerica.com.
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